Grand jury decides to not charge Courtney

By Katy Nesbitt/The Observer September 20, 2013 09:54 am
ENTERPRISE — A grand jury determined Thursday afternoon that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to charge Daniel K. Courtney for a July shooting incident.

Courtney, 47, was originally charged with second-degree assault and released on $50,000 bail after allegedly shooting Randy Dickenson in the chest over a years-long property dispute among family members.

Because Courtney is a former Wallowa County deputy, the case was handled by the Oregon State Police and Matt McCauley, special deputy district attorney for the state.

Since Courtney’s release, he was advised by defense attorney Janie Burcart to leave the house where he lived in rural Enterprise to avoid further stalking by family members. 

According to court documents, in August, after Courtney relocated to another home in Wallowa County, his mother, Sue Sasser, and her boyfriend, Fred Warnock, repeatedly drove by his new residence, prompting a stalking order to be filed against the two of them.

Burcart said stalking by several family members began before the shooting at the rural Enterprise home where they repeatedly drove by the house and pulled into the driveway.

Those interviewed at the grand jury were all at the scene of the shooting incident in July, including Bethany Bemrose, Randy and Donna Dickenson, Steve Strong, Sasser and Warnock, according to Burcart. Despite their testimony, the grand jury ruled that Courtney would not be charged, Burcart said.

Courtney was not at the grand jury, but was interviewed by three state troopers as part of the investigation, Burcart said.  

A motion to dismiss has been filed by McCauley.

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